Did you know that the number one state for highbush blueberry production is Michigan? Growers produce over 100 million pounds of blueberries every year. Most growers are located in southwest Michigan cultivating over 20 blueberry varieties; however, a few varieties will grow in the northern portion of Michigan.
This August come bike and boogie in Tawas! The famous Blues-by-the-Bay annual festival will be held August 28-30, 2015 at the Harbor Park in East Tawas. If you are blues fans, then you don’t want to miss this opportunity to hear some great blues music. Nine bands will play starting with BB Queen on Friday, August 28 at 6:00pm.
The quaint haven of Tawas and East Tawas will host the annual Waterfront Fine Art Festival and the Tawas Uncork’d & Untap’d Wine Festival this August.
A juried art show, the Waterfront Fine Art Festival celebrates its 55th year. Hosted by the Tawas Bay Art Council & Gallery, the festival will be held on August 1 and 2 at the Shoreline Park located in Tawas City. Over 100 artists will be on hand featuring a variety of fine art including paintings, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, hand carved wood, photography and more.
For the wine and beer enthusiasts, you’ll want to attend the annual Sunrise Side Wine & Food Festival held the third Saturday in July in Harrisville. Located approximately 17 miles north of Oscoda, the festival features fine wines from Michigan wineries, Michigan brewed beer, exquisite foods from local restaurants, live music, and an art show. This year’s festival is July 18, 2015 from Noon to 6:00 pm at the Flamsville Harbor. With admission, get a souvenir festival glass. A great festival along the sparkling shores of Lake Huron.
A favorite for over 30 years, the Annual Art on the Beach is always held the last full weekend in June in downtown Oscoda. Artisans display their wares along the shores of Lake Huron in the shaded grassy area of the Oscoda Beach Park. The Park is handicapped accessible and offers ample paved parking, an observation deck, lighted boardwalk along the shoreline, and a street-scape walking pathway to the central business district of Oscoda.
As spring wanes into summer, it is a great time to view the wildlife in the surrounding Huron National Forest. A paddle trip down the Au Sable River is peaceful and provides spectacular views of the forest and plenty of wildlife…eagles, blue herons, geese, swans, ducks, beaver, deer and you might even see a bobcat. The Au Sable is a beautiful, pristine river due to restoration and conservation efforts since the end of the lumbering era. In addition to the endless forests and wildlife, views of high banks and meadows covered with wildflowers add to a quiet and relaxing getaway...
Fishing for Walleye from the Oscoda Observation Pier!
The fishing and observation pier in Oscoda enables visitors of all levels of physical ability to enjoy the beach and scenic views. Oscoda is known for fishing walleye that can be as large as 30 inches and weighing up to 12 pounds. Take advantage of the free fishing weekend on June 13 & 14, 2015 – no license required. You can fish on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters for all species of fish. Be sure to make a stop at one of our local bait shops for your bait and tackle.
Just to the north of Oscoda is Thunder Bay located near a stretch of water that is considered one of the most treacherous in the Great Lakes. Because it is prone to thick fog banks, unpredictable weather, rocky shoals, and strong sudden gales, it has claimed over 200 vessels. Known as “Shipwreck Alley” nearly 100 shipwrecks have been discovered in a 4,300-square mile area in and around Thunder Bay.
The official Sunrise Coast Birding Trail will be dedicated on May 2, 2015 at three points: Oscoda, Alpena and Mackinaw City. The trail will feature new trail signs at official locations. The Birding Trail runs along U.S. 23 for approximately 145 miles beginning at the mouth of the AuSable River in Oscoda and travels north along the coast to Mackinaw City.
Michigan has a rich history of maple syrup that dates back to Native Americans. It is one of nature’s wonders. Collecting maple sap, used to produce the syrup, can only be done a few weeks in Spring or Fall. The best time to tap the maple trees for sap is when there are periods of freezing and thawing in order to get the sap flowing within the sugar maple tree.